Volvo Trucks has received an order for 100 electric trucks from shipping firm DFDS, marking an important milestone in the transition away from fossil fuels.
That’s according to Volvo Trucks President Roger Alm.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) VOLVO TRUCKS PRESIDENT, ROGER ALM, SAYING: "This is a firm order with firm delivery dates, and this is so important now for the transformation towards fossil-free transport in the whole transport industry."
The company announced that it was one of the largest orders ever for electric trucks worldwide, adding that deliveries would start in the fourth quarter of 2022.
The FM Electric trucks have a driving range of up to 186 miles, and will be used for both short and long transport in Europe.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) VOLVO TRUCKS PRESIDENT, ROGER ALM, SAYING: "This is of course a big breakthrough, as a company like DFDS is placing an order of this size, and this is really proof that we can operate already today with heavy duty electrical trucks."
Volvo started serial production of electric trucks in 2019.
It’s targeting for half of its global truck deliveries to be electric in 2030.
The transport sector generates roughly a quarter of global carbon dioxide emissions.
A ‘green’ shift there is widely considered an important alignment with global climate goals.